Harlin Museum

The Ozarks region is home to a wide variety of cultural projects and institutions. The following is a partial listing of those that help tell the story of the Ozarks.

The Bryant Watershed Project 

This project is a unique and varied resource on many aspects of the Ozarks, including Geology, Biology, Geography, History, Education, Art and much more.

These Ozark Hills  

KSMU’s monthly series features stories about people and places in the Ozarks collected and presented by long-time journalist and Ozarks native Marideth Sisco.

The Ozarks Studies Institute

The Ozarks Studies Institute seeks to preserve the heritage of the Ozarks, its culture, environment and history by fostering a comprehensive knowledge of Ozarks’ peoples, places, characteristics and dynamics.

West Plains Council on the Arts

Serving the West Plains, Missouri area with arts events, education, workshops and performances.

Yellow House Community Arts Center

Built in 1903, the Yellow House Community Arts Center is a volunteer organization devoted to promoting the arts and education in the West Plains area. Their mission is to give artists of all genres the opportunity to find their voice, vision and power and to provide a meeting place where artists and audiences may find common ground.

Missouri State University

The University / Community Programs department provides educational and cultural programming for the university and community. Programming includes visual and performing arts, concerts, workshops, films, and lectures. Programs are delivered at the West Plains Civic Center through a cooperative agreement with the City of West Plains.Phone: (417) 255-7966

Avenue Theater

The Avenue Theatre, a neo-art deco movie house built in 1950, operated until 1986. It was then donated to Arts on the Avenue, Inc., a non-profit arts organization formed to convert the facility into a community theater. 307 Washington Avenue,West Plains,MO 65775 Phone: (417) 256-4420

Old Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival

Come celebrate old time music and the unique culture of the Ozark Highlands at the City’s signature event, the “Old Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival.”The festival is held annually, the third Friday and Saturday in June, on the Historic Court Square in West Plains. Musicians, artisans and storytellers from throughout the state come to the Festival in support of creating a place to listen, watch, interact with and honor the old time traditions of our southern Ozarks’ communities. Phone: 1-888-256-8835

The Ozark Heritage Welcome Center

The Center provides free maps, brochures and vacation planners for West Plains, the surrounding region and other states. Other services include a RV dump station, picnic tables, free coffee, soda machines, and clean restrooms. (888) 256-8835

Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Festival

The purpose of the Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association, Inc. (HOBA) is “to further the education and enjoyment of bluegrass music, to bring together bluegrass musicians, to conduct bluegrass shows open to the public, to inform the members via a newsletter.”HOBA holds two festivals a year in June & September.

Missouri Department of Conservation

This site is dedicated to helping you discover, enjoy and conserve Missouri’s fish and wildlife resources and the habitats they depend on.

George D. Hay Society

The Society for the preservation of the legacy of George D. Hay, founder of the Grand Ole Opry.

A website devoted to exploring and vacationing in Missouri.